Fresh out of a warm bath and ready to run on her wheel all night.
Lots of excitement here in Manassas as Dear Old Dad and Miss Trudy will be arriving tomorrow to help me get ready for the banjo workshop in Bedford, PA.
Mom and dad will be meeting Invictus for the very first time. That should be a hoot.
This morning, after church, Amy and I went for a walk in the gardens at the Benedictine monastery. I have been hurting so bad lately that I haven’t been out hiking very much, so being out in the sunshine with the flowers and bees was a real treat.
Friday’s trip to Johns Hopkins did not bring us much good news. I am in a lot of pain, but the doctor is unsure as to the cause. He commented that the operations and infections have left everything in a chronic pain state and suggested we look for a pain specialist.
I have been through pretty much this exact song and dance with Hopkins before, so I think it is time to look for a second opinion. The only problem is that I don’t have any idea where to go for that second opinion. it is incredibly frustrating to have gone through so many operations only to end up deaf and in pain just like I started.
Right now I have to focus on getting ready for the May 11 workshop and the Banjo Retreat. I am in a lot of pain, but I am also surrounded by blessings. A loving wife, an amazing family, friends all over the world, a Maine coon cat and a hedgehog. I am the luckiest man alive.
As I write this my ear is starting to hurt like hell again. I think I will curl up on the couch with Amy, Invictus and Quinoa and watch my old VHS copy of A Night at the Opera. Tomorrow I will start tracking down a pain specialist and think about other places to look for help. If I am up to it, I will try to knock out a Daily Frail workshop.
Goodnight and God bless,
Hello Patrick, here’s Leopold from France, being amazed by your love for hedgehogs I thought of this particular short movie, a Russian one from the 70′s — I don’t know if you already know it, if you do, it just confirms (as if anyone didn’t notice) that you have taste. If you don’t, I think you’ll enjoy it. Anyway, that is just nice.
Best regards — L.
It has been a rough couple of days for me. The pain from the ear infection has gotten worse – which is amazing because I was convinced on Tuesday that the pain could not possibly get worse.
While the pain is not fun, Amy has been taking good care of me and I have Invictus the cat and Quinoa the hedgehog to keep me company.
Tomorrow Amy and I are going to head out early and watch the sunrise over Bull Run. The bluebells are at their peak bloom so it should be fantastic.